Sweet Pea Baby Nursery Printable

My first round of ripe garden peas appeared in early June.  I plopped my baby girl in between the raspberry bushes and the cantaloupe vines to play in the mulch while I harvested a heaping bowl full of sweet, delicious peas.  Her interest piqued as my husband and I sat, opening the pods and munching.  Soon she demanded on sampling some for herself.  She packed her cheeks full, then started chewing on the pod.  It made me a proud momma to see so much green going eagerly in to her tummy.  I watched her a few weeks later crawl through the forest of zucchini, and plop herself in front of the row of peas, carefully selecting the big pods and going to town.   Granted, she about uprooted the whole plant as she pulled the pods off the plant but I just thought it was too adorable to even care.

My second round of planting has just proven fruitful, and we went outside today to sample a few.

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I’ve been trying to do some more botanical themed art for her nursery so I came up with this printable….

you are my sweet pea nursery printable

download here in 8 x 10 or 4 x 6

 

Schultz Residence Design

Here’s my latest project.  It was a redesign of an existing residential property.  We kept one or two trees, and the rock retaining walls.  Adding a new patio, a covered side entrance, and a pergola to the back make it a perfect space for outdoor entertaining. schults design medium green bar

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Landscape Design: French Country in Spanish Fork, UT

Last post date is Feb. 23rd.  Wow that’s a long time.  It doesn’t say much for my 2015 new years resolution to be a better blogger, but I’ll try to catch up.  Between finishing up another school year, taking care of the baby, and building my landscape design clientele, I’ve been MIA on allmyfriendsareflowers.com.  Just to prove I have been a little busy, here’s one of the projects I’ve been working on this spring.

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When I first met with the client she expressed her desire to have a French country landscape design to match the style of her newly constructed home. My mind flew to summer 2012 where I spent a month wandering through Europe with my husband.  I felt like it couldn’t be three years since the trip because the formal garden of Versailles came so vividly to mind.  With inspiration from the most renowned  formal French garden in the world I began creating this design.  This home is in the foothills at the mouth of a beautiful, but very windy canyon.  The varied slopes and grade changes were a challenge that was made a little easier by their builder constructing some retaining walls around the home.

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Steep grades and natural stone boulders aren’t considered classically French, so formality was emphasized through dwarf boxwood hedges both in the front and backyard.  Emerald arborvitae around the perimeter works to unify the design with an evergreen hedge and doubles as a wind block.  Perennials in shades of purple, white, and yellow planted in between the boxwood hedges bring color and movement.

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Ornamental Kale & the Benefits of Perennial Foliage Plants in the Garden

 

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We just couldn’t stay away.  They say that the completely un-February like weather we’ve been having lately will disappear for a few days of rain and snow and below 50 degree weather.  But even with that forecast on the horizon we couldn’t help ourselves, we had to go to the garden center to get some ideas and soak ourselves in the fragrance of the greenhouse.  I can never get over that smell of fresh potting soil and sweet blossoms.  There are few things more thereputic than the sound of running water and the smell inside a greenhouse.

While we were perusing their selection of early spring bedding plants we came across the ornamental kale, in which my daughter was immensely interested.

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As she plucked a few leaves off and immediately tried to shove them in her mouth I explained that this was ornamental kale, and that we weren’t going to eat this stuff today.  Although it’s technically edible, it’s not as tasty as the stuff we buy in the grocery store.  She looked at me a little confused {as did the few folks around me as I explained kale to a 9 month old}, and we went along softly touching the ruffled texture of their leaves without popping them in our mouths.

 

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It’s no secret the flowering plants are show stoppers in the garden.  Big and colorful blooms can be eye-catching,  sweet smelling additions to a garden, but I often prefer the understated beauty of foliage plants.  Although they aren’t as flashy as blooming plants, they can provide texture and unity to planting beds.  I like to think of them as the backup singers without whose shoo bop bops the song of my landscape wouldn’t be complete.

The supporting foliage of ornamental kale will dwindle once the weather heats up around late May, but here’s a few perennial foliage plants that can provide a beautiful backdrop for both perennial and annual blossoms.

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